Woman trapped under car, injured in crash at intersection of Oak, Hersey

A bicyclist who was struck by a Subaru on Oak Street and trapped under the car for about 20 minutes Thursday afternoon did not appear to have suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash, police said.

The bicyclist was traveling east, on the wrong side of Hersey Street, when she was struck by the Subaru heading south on Oak Street at about 4:15 p.m., said Lt. Corey Falls with the Ashland Police Department.

The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, he said. The extent of her injuries was not known by press time.

Preliminary reports indicated the bicyclist was traveling on the left side of the street, against traffic, Falls said. He did not anticipate anyone involved in the crash will be cited.

The driver of the Subaru did not see the bicyclist and appeared to panic after striking her, said Ashland resident Christopher Brown, who said he witnessed the crash and held the victim's hand until police arrived. He said the bicyclist was dragged underneath the car for about 30 feet.

"I think there was some panic involved," he said. "I don't know how else to explain why the driver didn't stop right away."

The bicyclist and driver's names were not immediately available, Falls said.

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